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 Author: Admin_Russell View Messages Posted By Admin_Russell
 Posted: Nov 8, 2019 03:12
 Subject: Re: Forum Reforms
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Admin_Russell

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In Suggestions, Nathan123 writes:
  It seems the forum isn't getting the same kind of community involvement as
it once did. It is fairly common to see less than 100 messages per day and I
had to go back to July to find a day that had over 200. The way the forum works
right now it can be very frustrating and time consuming finding posts of interest
as even new posts get buried quickly under 2 or 3 more active posts and that
makes it difficult to participate in the forum if you do not have the time to
browse or search through it. In terms of utility the bricklink forum is not as
easy to use and enjoy as say brickset forum. There are a lot of good parts of
the BL forum but I feel it is largely being ruined.

My suggestion is that when a post is responded to the post itself moves to the
top but it doesn't show up as a new message, so if a post is made and has
10 replies it will still just look like one post on the forum. I would also like
to recommend that certain categories get put into a different area apart from
the forum so maybe for example buying and selling, inventory change requests,
and sales posts could be seperated from the rest so they don't bury the rest
of the posts out there and stagnate the forum.

The goal would be to allow more people and ideas to participate in the community.

There are certainly some improvements to be made - pinning posts, notification
/ subscription plans, ability to edit or completely remove posted material -
but most of what you are asking for here can already be done.

First, the BrickLink Discussions Forum is actually many individual Forums all
joined together, including hidden Forums backstage for our community admins.
If you don't wish to read everything, start on this page and read only what
interests you:

https://www.bricklink.com/messageTopics.asp?utm_content=subnav

Second, you can customize the Forum to your exact specifications, including viewing
each thread without the replies. You can also block certain Forums (e.g. sales
posts). See the settings on this page:

https://www.bricklink.com/messageFilter.asp?viewFrom=P

I've never seen a Forum with this level of user customization, and I believe
most members don't even know about these options. Try out these suggestions
and see if that helps your impression.

I have been reading the Forum consistently for over 10 years, and I've noticed
that like rainy and dry periods with the weather, Forum participation ebbs and
flows with time. And if by "community involvement" you mean people like Foster
and Dan/Jon beating each other up on a regular basis, that sort of behavior isn't
tolerated anymore.
 Author: Nathan123 View Messages Posted By Nathan123
 Posted: Nov 8, 2019 02:37
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In Suggestions, maxx3001 writes:
  In Suggestions, calsbricks writes:
  In Suggestions, jennnifer writes:
  In Suggestions, Nathan123 writes:
  It seems the forum isn't getting the same kind of community involvement as
it once did. It is fairly common to see less than 100 messages per day and I
had to go back to July to find a day that had over 200.

I love the way this old Forum works. Sorry if I am in the minority. I would argue
that the lack of community involvement is directly related to the management's
antipathy.

Jen

+ several

+ a number of mine

If management is lacking, why use the forum, you can ask, suggest all you like,
it won’t change a thing.

BrickLink is going the way of the Dodo, while sailors are eating on.....

At this point it is just a money generating donkey, pulling a load to heavy for
its back

Why not ask though? Maybe it is unlikely anything improves but if no one wants
improvements then it will never happen. Wanting the forum to be more interesting
and grow the number of people wjo use it seems like is shouldn't be beyond
expectations.
 Author: Nathan123 View Messages Posted By Nathan123
 Posted: Nov 8, 2019 02:26
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In Suggestions, JusTiCe8 writes:
  In addition to what others wrote, you can click on "all" link on top and you'll
get new replies to old topics.

The whole website needs work, but forum is far down below the needto list I guess.

In Suggestions, Nathan123 writes:
  It seems the forum isn't getting the same kind of community involvement as
it once did. It is fairly common to see less than 100 messages per day and I

[...]

  
The goal would be to allow more people and ideas to participate in the community.

The forum itself doesn't generate very much business or interest for that
matter but if we don't ask for improvements we shouldn't be surprised
when nothing happens.
 Author: Nathan123 View Messages Posted By Nathan123
 Posted: Nov 8, 2019 02:21
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In Suggestions, jennnifer writes:
  In Suggestions, Nathan123 writes:
  It seems the forum isn't getting the same kind of community involvement as
it once did. It is fairly common to see less than 100 messages per day and I
had to go back to July to find a day that had over 200.

I love the way this old Forum works. Sorry if I am in the minority. I would argue
that the lack of community involvement is directly related to the management's
antipathy.

Jen

You don't have to apologize for having a different opinion. My point is that
the forum needs help.l It looks like the forum is getting less and less use despite
supposedly more people signing up as buyers than ever before.
 Author: maxx3001 View Messages Posted By maxx3001
 Posted: Nov 8, 2019 01:37
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In Suggestions, calsbricks writes:
  In Suggestions, jennnifer writes:
  In Suggestions, Nathan123 writes:
  It seems the forum isn't getting the same kind of community involvement as
it once did. It is fairly common to see less than 100 messages per day and I
had to go back to July to find a day that had over 200.

I love the way this old Forum works. Sorry if I am in the minority. I would argue
that the lack of community involvement is directly related to the management's
antipathy.

Jen

+ several

+ a number of mine

If management is lacking, why use the forum, you can ask, suggest all you like,
it won’t change a thing.

BrickLink is going the way of the Dodo, while sailors are eating on.....

At this point it is just a money generating donkey, pulling a load to heavy for
its back

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